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Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

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    • 4.8 • 3.3K Ratings

Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.

    Revisionist History Presents: Into the Zone

    Revisionist History Presents: Into the Zone

    Into the Zone, a new show from Pushkin Industries, is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think. In the 1920s, a messianic visitor to Hari’s family home unveils the connection between Indian Independence movement and the Astral Plane. Nearly a century later, Hari travels to the orange groves of southern California, where the guru made his home, to examine the globetrotting legacy of New Age spirituality.
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    • 51 min
    A Memorial for the Living

    A Memorial for the Living

    Lessons from the world’s most perfect memorial.
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    • 44 min
    "Oh Howard, You Idiot!”

    "Oh Howard, You Idiot!”

    A billionaire turned recluse befriends a minor novelist. Together they seize the public’s imagination. Kind of. The true story behind the greatest autobiography you’ve never read.
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    • 51 min
    Hamlet Was Wrong

    Hamlet Was Wrong

    The delicate science of hiring nihilism, examined in five deeply-personal case studies.
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    • 43 min
    Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

    Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

    How do we remember one of the deadliest nights in human history? We don't. Part four.
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    • 44 min
    Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover

    Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover

    Revisionist History Presents: Deep Cover, the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of a foreign country.
    In the first episode, Detroit FBI agent Ned Timmons busts Toby Anderson, a violent criminal who also fancies himself a budding country music star. Ned flips Toby and goes undercover as a biker, but Toby quickly goes out of control. He uses the newfound protection of the FBI to commit robberies and perhaps far worse. Most agents would give up, and send Toby to jail, but Ned has a feeling Toby might be his key to the criminal underworld.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.3K Ratings

3.3K Ratings

mikkel3108 ,

Always thought-provoking

I came across these podcasts on my solitary walks during coronavirus lockdown and I’m so glad I did. They help to pass the time, not with mindless noise, but with thought-provoking narratives from an excellent storyteller.

Being Malcolm Gladwell’s subjective take on forgotten or half-remembered stories, I don’t always agree with his opinions, but in those cases, he makes me question my own subjective views as well.

I’m now near the end of the series and I’ll miss having Malcolm’s company on my walks. I guess I’ll just have to download some other Pushkin podcasts and hope they are adequate substitutes.

Jonah8208 ,

Interesting Opinion but not History

This is a very well presented podcast and can throw up some interesting points, that is until the host does a series of podcasts on a historical subject I have very in depth knowledge of ie Military Aviation History which is so glaringly badly inaccurate and hugely skewed to a US point of view I wonder how much of the rest of this podcast is accurate and worth the attention. OTOH it is a pleasant listen and if I had not listened to the Curtis LeMay episodes and some earlier episodes which riled me with schoolboy errors of inaccuracy and omission, especially where British history is concerned I would give it 5 stars. However I subscribe to the Barbara Tuchman style of properly researched history not the 1066 and all that kiddy style so this pod has lost its credibility for me.

Breadman'84 ,

Compelling stuff

Gladwell’s enthusiasm and the quality production make this a compelling listen.

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